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FXUS62 KGSP 231748

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1248 PM EST Thu Nov 23 2017

Dry high pressure will persist over the area over the next couple
of days. A fast-moving cold front may bring a few showers to the
mountains Saturday. Another dry surface high builds in thereafter,
persisting into the middle of next week.


As of 1240 PM EST Thursday: We remain on the edge of the high
cloudiness associated with low pressure over the northeast Gulf
and north FL. The fcst appears to be in good shape, so no changes
will be made.

An upper trough builds into the southeastern US today. The cirrus
diminishes this afternoon as the trough and jet stream moves
east. At the surface, high pressure builds into the area from the
NE as an inverted trough develops over central GA. All this to
say the dry and mostly sunny but cool forecast continues. Highs
will be around 5 degrees below normal.

Weak high pressure remains over the area tonight as the upper
trough axis moves into the area. Mostly clear skies are expected
but mountain valley fog could develop overnight. Lows will be a
few degrees below normal.


As of 130 AM Thu: A weak sfc ridge will sit over the region Friday,
even as a shortwave to our south maintains an area of low pressure
off the Southeast coast. Consensus of the operational models is
for this low to remain far enough offshore that only the Lowcountry
would be affected by any precip. A small contingent of SREF members
does show precip spreading up into the I-85 corridor, but this
does not lend enough confidence to warrant a mention in the fcst.

Early Saturday, a mature low pressure system will move across
James Bay, pulling a broad trough and cold front across the eastern
CONUS. For several days models have depicted this front as bringing
barely enough moisture to expect precip, and the latest runs
continue the trend. The GFS is the wettest--but it only wrings out
a few hundredths Saturday afternoon/evening. A slight chance of
showers has been included as a result. In the wake of the front,
dry high pressure expands into the area through early next week.

Temps will trend warmer from Fri to Sat, going from around normal
to about a category above normal. The mtns will see temps turn
colder Saturday night behind the front, with the remainder of
the area not seeing cooler temps until the high builds in Sunday,
resulting in mins a few degrees below normal Mon morning.


As of 300 AM Thu: Sfc high pressure becomes centered off the East
Coast late Monday, turning the flow southerly. Meaningful moisture
return will take some time, though a warming trend will begin
and continue into midweek. The high will lose influence on our
area by Wednesday, though model solutions diverge as to what comes
next. The North American models show a fairly deep trough and cold
front reaching the southern Appalachians Wednesday morning. The EC
features separate troughs in the northern and southern streams;
the northern one is timed similar to the one depicted by the
GFS and Canadian, but without the pronounced front. The EC`s
southern wave then reaches our area Thursday. The fcst package
mainly will reflect the solutions of the North American models,
with PoPs increasing gradually from Tuesday night onward. Though
temps will be too warm for anything but rain at onset, temps cool
enough by early Thu that snow is mentioned in the mtns.


At KCLT and elsewhere: VFR through the period, with some high
clouds streaming NE this afternoon, then mostly clear tonight and
Friday. Wind will be light from the NE this afternoon courtesy of
high pressure centered over the Mid-Atlantic region and central
Appalachians. The wind should go light and variable this evening and
then might become light and easterly around midday Friday. Cannot
totally rule out some valley fog, but the chances are too low to
include in the forecast.

Outlook: Expect mainly VFR through the forecast period as dry/cool
conditions prevail.

Confidence Table...

            17-23Z        23-05Z        05-11Z        11-12Z
KCLT       High 100%     High 100%     High 100%     High 100%
KGSP       High 100%     High 100%     High 100%     High 100%
KAVL       High 100%     High 100%     High 100%     Med   66%
KHKY       High 100%     High 100%     High 100%     High 100%
KGMU       High 100%     High 100%     High 100%     High 100%
KAND       High 100%     High 100%     High 100%     High 100%

The percentage reflects the number of guidance members agreeing
with the scheduled TAF issuance flight rule category. Complete hourly
experimental aviation forecast consistency tables and ensemble forecasts
are available at the following link:




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LONG TERM...Wimberley
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